BACP definition of counselling and psychotherapy

 

"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing."

 

The decision to start therapy is often very difficult, please believe me I know this from personal experience.  It involves talking about a range of personal issues, which you may not have been able to express before.  It requires some element of hope, trust and courage.  It also suggests a desire to want to change or resolve a difficult life situation.  Your concerns may seem too much to share with your family or friends, it may be that those to whom you usually turn for support are the problem or may trivialise what your consider important.

 

Only you can decide whether you wish to try counselling.  Talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference.  I can provide a regular space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, your concerns and how these may affect you in your present situation.  With support and encouragement, you can develop better ways of coping and find new insights in understanding yourself, which in turn can empower you on your journey to a more positive future.

 

My role as a counsellor is to create the environment for you to explore your difficulties in a comfortable and safe place, without fear of being judged.  This is done by offering you three 'Core Conditions':

 

 

  • Unconditional positive regard - You will be listened to without judgement
  • Congruence - I will be honest with you
  • Empathy - I will be there with you to support you on your journey